12 March 2010

RDTL Constitution does not ban dissident group

Borges: The constitution does not ban the existence of CPD-RDTL Diario Nacional, March 10, 2010 language source: Tetun -  MP Fernanda Borges of the National Unity Party has said that she disagreed with the political moves by the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) party benches to create a law to the ban the existence of the CPD-RDTL organization.

Ms. Borges said that according to article 43 of the Constitution everyone has the equal right to form political associations as long as it is not established to promote violence, calling the AMP party benches to think carefully as the CPD-RDTL is not a criminal group.

Ms. Borges also called for the CPD-RDTL group members to hold dialog with the competent state organs like the National Parliament to see whether its existence is in line with the Constitutions.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee C for Economy and Finance President Manuel Tilman has said that it is too early to ban the existence of CPD-RDTL as there is also another illegal group like Fretilin Faction that also exists.

At the same time the Parliamentary President Fernando Lasama de Araujo has said that it is possible to ban illegal groups which had obviously breached the applicable laws of the country.

The country's Prosecutor General Ana Pessoa Pinto called a meeting with the Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro to talk about the recent allegations made by local residents against the national police saying that the police officers had been involved in human rights violations during their joint operation against ninja gang in Bobonaro and Kovalima districts.

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